Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County in Effect Through Weekend

This advisory is no longer in effect.







September 23, 2016

Ellen Willis-Conger, Public Health Assistant Deputy, Community Health, (805) 681-5446
Lyz Hoffman, District Public Information Officer, (805) 961-8819

Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County
in Effect Through Weekend

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Today, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District announced the Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County will remain in effect through the weekend. Residents are urged to use extra caution to protect their health.

Many areas of the county have experienced elevated particle levels due to high winds, and smoke and ash from wildfires. On Thursday, September 22, every District monitoring station recorded levels of coarse particles (particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter, or PM10) over the state standard, and short-term levels of fine particles (PM2.5) considered “unhealthy” were recorded at the Lompoc monitoring station.

Depending on winds and weather conditions, the next few days could see continuing elevated particle levels, and forecasted high temperatures could result in elevated levels of ozone. Use common sense to protect your health and your family’s health by limiting time spent outdoors and avoiding outdoor exercise. If you see falling ash, avoid activities, such as using leaf blowers, that will stir particles into the air.

If you have symptoms that may be related to exposure to poor air quality, contact your health care provider. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, and nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.

See Today’s Air Quality to check air quality in your area, and see for updates. For recorded advisory updates, call (805) 961-8802.

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New Phone Numbers
The District has new direct lines for all staff, as well as for all of our phone lines, including our main phone number and Complaints line. You can find our new phone numbers on this webpage.

Nuevos números de teléfono
El Distrito tiene nuevos números de teléfono para comunicarse con el personal directamente, así como también para todas nuestras líneas telefónicas, incluyendo nuestro número principal y el de las Quejas. Puede encontrar nuestros nuevos números de teléfono en esta página web.